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Adebiyi Edun: Exit of an icon

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The passing of renowned medical practitioner, Dr. Adebiyi Edun has been described as an exit of an icon, whose contributions have had a major impact on the development of medical practice.

Edun was a doctor, a healer, teacher, researcher, and inventor, whose passion to eradicated disease and contribute to the body of medical knowledge drew him to join the world of medical practitioners.

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Born on December 9, 1955 at Island Maternity Hospital, Lagos Island to the family of late Mr. Albert Adedeji Edun and late Mrs. Gladys Ayodele Edun, Adebiyi Edun had his primary education at Christ Church Cathedral Faji, Lagos from 1961-1967. He proceeded to Kings College, where he earned his Secondary School Certificate between 1967 and 1973.

He gained admission into the prestigious University of Ibadan for a Pre-Med degree between 1974 – 1976 after which he was accepted into the medical programme at the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan Medical School between 1976-1979 where he obtained an M.B.B.S (1979).

While at the University of Ibadan, Edun, was very active in his department and was an embodiment of excellence. He assisted many of his classmates through extra tutorials and extra classes anchored by him.

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After his mandatory National Youth Service, he started his career as a Senior Medical Officer at Eko Hospital, Surulere, Lagos between 1981 and 1983. He also served as the Medical Executive and Deputy General Manager of Health Aid Limited from 1985 to1987. He launched his own private company B.E. Medical Services and served as the Managing Director/CEO from 1987 till his demise.

Through his work at B.E. Medical Services, he worked on various health projects as Principal Consultant on several projects across various states in Nigeria financed by international organisations such as the World Bank, Department for International Development UK (DFID), UNFPA, Scottish Overseas Health Support, and British ODA, USAID, United Nations Drug Control Program (UNDCP), among others.

He also worked as a medical consultant on several local projects for the Federal Government and the Ministry of Health such as the Drafting of Procedural Manuals for National Health Insurance Scheme (1999) and was the National Consultant, National Health Insurance Scheme, Federal Ministry of Health, Lagos.

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Edun attended several medical conferences in several countries including Germany, Ireland, England, Scotland and the United States of America.

His pure love and passion for God was seen in the way he utilised his knowledge of medicine by providing free health services in his neighbourhood, churches and at health outreaches across the country. In spite of his outstanding achievements, Edun never attributed them to be his own works, but he ascribed it all to the grace of God.

Edun was a great gift from God with a very large heart for family, friends, colleagues and even strangers. He was a very disciplined, hard-working and self-motivated person who was not intimidated by the challenges of life. He was very kind, generous and helpful to everyone who came his way.

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He had a formidable geo-political and social network, nationally and internationally. He possessed considerable material wealth and ample personal attributes of kindness, generosity and tolerance, amongst many others, to make his sojourn an outstanding success that it turned out to be.

He was not only a successful medical consultant, but was also a fervent Christian who served the Lord with his gifts and abilities. He was designated a Pastor-In-Charge in The Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria, a post he held for seven years.

He married Iyiola Olatokunbo Edun (nee Oshinowo) in 1983, they have four children from their union.

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Edun passed away on Wednesday 13th January 2021 at the age of 65 years.
He is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was very much loved and will be greatly missed by them and by his many friends, associates, colleagues, and loved ones.

Dr Adebiyi Edun provided an invaluable service that helps better the world we live in. He made communities healthier and helped countless beneficiaries to strive for wellness.

He will be remembered for his many research projects, perseverance, and compassion.

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